Originally Posted by FAX
Throughout our lives, small and seemingly insignificant changes in occurrences or actions alter everything that follows. I think that's why God invented time ... so we wouldn't go crazy considering all the possible permutations and various potential outcomes. Because time is linear, we can't go back and change anything. What's more, because we're stuck in the "present", we never know what "might" have happened because of, or due to, the absence or existence of certain, particular events. Good thinking on God's part there.
Perhaps. I will say that your point is why I always get pissed when people say "well if this didn't happen then this woulda happened". For example, team gets 3 points instead of 7. Next drive other team gets 3. Person says well if we had scored a TD we would be leading by 4 right now. How can you say that? Who knows how that second drive turns out if you had scored a TD instead of a field goal. Hell, who knows how that 2nd drive turns out if there is a clock malfunction and the drive starts a minute later than it originally would have.